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Communications Media


Welcome! This library research guide provides an introduction to library resources related to Communications Media courses.

This guide will assist you in finding books, e-books, scholarly journal articles, streaming videos, websites, and more that will help you research topics in this subject.

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Communications Media is defined as:


"1. The act of communicating; transmission.
 2.The exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, signals, writing, or behavior.
 3. communications (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
    a. The art and technique of using words effectively to impart information or ideas.
    b. The field of study concerned with the transmission of information by various means, such as print or broadcasting.
    c. Any of various professions involved with the transmission of information, such as advertising, broadcasting, or journalism.
 4. Something communicated; a message.
 5. communications A means of communicating, especially:
    a. A system, such as mail, telephone, or television, for sending and receiving messages.
    b. A network of routes for sending messages and transporting troops and supplies.
 6. communications The technology employed in transmitting messages."


"1. a plural of medium
 2. (Communications & Information) the means of communication that reach large numbers of people, such as television, newspapers, and radio."
(Communications & Information) of or relating to the mass media: media hype.


Text: Media and Communications. (n.d.) American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. (2011). Retrieved July 1 2016 from

          media. (n.d.) American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. (2011). Retrieved July 1 2016 from

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Newspaper Source Plus Database

Full-text digital collection of the world's major news content. It includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires and news magazines.

In addition, it offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources.

Content Includes:

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Telecommunications Database

An essential resource for anyone researching the industry or its technology. This database includes over 140 titles, with more than 115 available in full text. Search more than 600,000 records, dating back to the early 1990's.

Subject Coverage:

  • Telecommunications
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  • Data communication
  • Data transmission systems
  • Electronic data processing
  • Information science
  • Information theory
  • Radio
  • Television
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Journalism: A Very Short Introduction

Almost everyone reads the newspaper, browses the Internet, listens to the radio or watches TV. Journalism has an indelible effect on our worldview--from the fight against global terrorism to the American presidential elections, celebrity scandal to the latest environmental coups. Hargreavesuses his unique position within the media to examine how we get this information and the many practical, political and professional decisions that the journalist has to make, as part of the process of delivering that information to us.Is journalism the 'first draft of history' or a dumbing-down of our culture and a glorification of the trivial and intrusive? In this intriguing book Ian Hargreaves argues that the core principles of 'freedom of the press' and the necessity of exposing the truth are as vital today as they everwere.

Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication

Understanding Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication was written to squarely emphasize media technology. The author believes that an introduction to mass communication text should be a compelling, historical narrative sketching the *ongoing evolution* of media technology and how that technology shapes and is shaped by culture — and that is what he set out to deliver with his new textbook.

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